High time to debate drug laws in Europe.

 

- Should cannabis remain illegal or be tolerated as part of the European way of life?

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Marijuana should be made legal. It is not a dangerous drug, and has many medical benefits. Alcohol, a much more dangerous substance, remains legal whilst marijuana remains illegal. Marijuana is very easy to access in our modern day society, so those who seek to use it can still easily get their hands on it.By making marijuana legal it can be monitored, users can seek help without fearing legal reprocutions and the government can regulate it.
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Cannabis is one of the most known drugs to date. It is also illegal in most countries around the world. Aside from being a drug which a lot of people use as a scapegoat from their everyday lifes, it is also a drug which have been proven to be less harmful than alcohol and tobacco. In addition, it has also been proved to be an effective medicine for certain diseases/disorders such as depression, pain relief, cancer and aids. There is a common misconception that substances like cannabis are incredibly addictive. This is simply wrong, there has been several reports that have documented addictive behavior as the main factor in drug addiction relating to cannabis and other illegal substances (e.g psychedelic substances). What this means is that addictive behavior is the driving factor for the addiction and not the substance itself. In contrast, opiods (such as heroin, morphine, fentanyl etc.) releases massive amounts of dopamine which creates an euphoric experience. Over long time use, this will stop the brain's natural production of dopamine since it gets massive amounts from the substance. Therefore, individuals who stop using these substances will get withdrawal symptoms and possibly develop illnesses such as depression due to the lack of dopamine. This is also why these specific substances are banned and deemed as dangerous since they have high dependancy rates and horrible side-effects. This is not the case with cannabis, it does not create this effect and therefore it is not as addictive. People who have addictive personalites can be addicted to almost anything. Therefore, I believe that it should be legal.
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The title relates to Marijuana yet the question of debates relates to cannabis in general. Not all cannabis acts like Marijuana. The media and educational programs (Schools) have failed in teaching about the differences between the cannabis sorts and their effects. Therefore, one could make some legal but not all of them.
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As for most of the issues, there are both pros and cons in making cannabis legal. On the one hand, prohibition of cannabis is undoubtedly a huge government intrusion into individual and total freedom of choice. Furthermore, it is not like cannabis is more harmful than alcohol or tobacco for our health and they are both used legally, not to mention that cannabis is proven to have medical benefits for cancer, AIDS, glaucoma and other diseases. Crime and violence are greatly increased due to illegal selling and buying of cannabis, thus legalization would eliminate such behavior. Statistics show that many arrests are related to cannabis, while drug bursts offences often carry harsh penalties, that can cause severe social harm with lifelong consequences. Last but not least, cannabis is one of the top- selling agricultural products, so if it was legalized billions would de saved annually. On the other hand, many people believe that cannabis is immoral and that their moral standards should be adopted by all the Europeans. In addition, long term or abusive use of cannabis can be harmful to a person’s health and passive smoking of cannabis can turn out to be harmful to others. Moreover, cannabis can lead to addiction, that can have as a result use of more harmful drugs such as heroine and cocaine. Additionally, according to opponents of legalization, individuals involved in illegal buying or selling are highly likely to be involved in other criminal activities. Finally, law enforcement agencies don’t want to be interpreted that they support drug use.

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Marijuana should be treeted as like any other drug - a lot young people are just curious about behaving effect after using it. There is plenty of addictive substances not illegal, because their side effects is just temporary and after some time, there shouldn' t be any bad health results. Narcotics are different - it is harder to create it and controling someone after taking them is really hard - that's why marijuana should be completly banned
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The consumption of Marijuana is a fact, especially in our age. Who would profit from a legalization? First the consumers, because they have Marijuana in a better quality. Due to the fact, that Marijuana is illegal, there is no quality control. Secondly, the state because he can impose taxes and the police and judges would have less work. Thirdly, the economy because they can earn money with new products. Who profits from illegality? Criminals. Of course, Marijuana is not healthy, but alcohol and cigarettes are not healthy too. The use of medicaments including Marijuana shows also the comparatively low level of harmfulness. Keeping Marijuana illegal is bad for all persons involved.
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I think we can make marijuana legal, it's not more dangerous that alcohol or cigarette and cannabis-related traffic could be less important by favoring marijuana distributed by the state while being beneficial economically. We can also add the medical benefits of smoking cannabis that helps calm and relieve the patient's pain. I would like to point out that I do not use marijuana but I do know people who consume it and so I could build an objective point of view.
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Ladies and gentlemen, this drug-situation should be embraced and used in a productive way. So many people talk about marijuana being legally allowed. Do something about it. Use this people’s strong wish in order to get what you want from them. For example, “yes, you can buy and consume marijuana as long as you want, but..”. And there it goes, this “but” will allow you to manipulate the people that choose to smoke it. “You are allowed to buy and consume marijuana, but you must pay some fees and taxes, you must visit the doctor twice a month specifically for this matter” and so on. Impose your conditions, make sure the people will accept this idea, by fulfilling their wishes. Taking in consideration that marijuana is not as harmful as the abuse of alcohol, I think that by making it legal is not a bad idea at all. Another fact I want to highlight is that, by allowing the consume of cannabis you will know entirely the amount bought, and there will not be necessary to hide and buy it from the black market. These kind of actions will be discouraged. In conclusion, I spoke up and told you my point of view. I hope you have the time to read my opinion!
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Marijuana is a drug which is frequently abused and has devastating effects due to the psychological effect it has on people. If this is made legal then it would create less devastating effect due to the fact that it would be regulated by medical professionals and there should be a rule implied where it should not be sold or taken by anyone under the age of 25. The reason for this is because when you are under the age of 25 your brain is not fully developed therefore the psychological effects of Marijuana will affect you in a negative way if used under this age and cause permanent psychological damage. It should also be regulated so that individuals do not become addicted to the drug.
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I believe that we should make marijuana legal to obtain. By doing this we will eliminate a large percentage of the black market and we will be able to save the money that would have been going into criminal hands. Also marijuana can benefit you in several ways. For example, it can be used as medicine o cure depression or anxiety and according to a study done by the American Medical Association marijuana does not damage the lungs unlike tobacco. In addition to my previous points studies have concluded that no one in history died purely from the overdose of marijuana (not counting the from dangerous activities while they were under the effect of marijuana). To summarize, we should make the use of marijuana legal because its benefits although the necessary precautions need to be taken.
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